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Eating for Yoga

By: Jennifer Grossman
Posted: June 13, 2008, from the September 2006 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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The same goes for high-sodium dinners and trans fat-filled treats. By increasing blood pressure and decreasing high-density lipoproteins (HDL), or good cholesterol, sodium and trans fat undermine the two gifts that regular exercise, such as yoga, gives the body: lower blood pressure and higher HDL.

Finally, remember that a healthy human body is composed of more than 50% water, so limit caffeinated drinks that increase dehydration, while keeping the water bottle nearby. However, in the practice of Bikram—an especially rigorous form of yoga practiced in a heated room to warm the body—reach for it only during designated water breaks, or instructor reprimands may increase your levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

Eat for life

Rebuild your body and reach your full potential by eating the right balance of healthy yoga foods. With the proper diet and diligent practice, your muscles, joints, bones—and taste buds—will respect how you have cared for and unified them.